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King County Councilmember Joe McDermott will not run for re-election

caption: King County Councilmember Joe McDermott.
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King County Councilmember Joe McDermott.

Another local lawmaker has announced they won't be seeking re-election in 2023. King County Councilmember Joe McDermott will finish his term through the end of this year, but will leave it open for a newcomer to take over.

"After more than 22 years in public office, I will not be running for re-election this fall," McDermott said in a statement. "I remain humbled and honored by the trust granted to me by the people I’ve represented in the Washington State House of Representatives, State Senate, and for over 12 years now on the King County Council. To be able to serve the community I’ve called home my entire life has been a true joy and remains a deep responsibility I take seriously every day. Thank you, truly, to all my neighbors, from West Seattle to First Hill, Capitol Hill, Downtown Seattle, Chinatown International District, Little Saigon, Pioneer Square, SODO, White Center, Georgetown, South Park, Tukwila, Burien, and Vashon and Maury Island for this opportunity."

McDermott was first elected to the council in 2010 and served in the state House and state Senate prior to that. McDermott represents the county's 8th District.

In a statement, McDermott pointed to his history in public service, going back to 2001 when he was elected to the state Legislature. He notes that he was the first LGBTQ candidate elected to the county council. In his time in office, he pushed forward gun safety measures as well as a commercial fireworks ban in unincorporated parts of the county.

The council member said that he will pursue "professional opportunities yet to be identified" after leaving office in 2024.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to work for our communities," McDermott said. "I look forward to continuing doing so as a private citizen."

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